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Jani Fastest In Bahrain Rookie Test

World Champion sets quickest time of the day

2016 FIA World Endurance Champion Neel Jani ran quickest in the Bahrain Rookie Test, the Swiss in the #2 Porsche 919 setting a 1:42.137 time in the morning session.

The second best time of the day though, did come in the afternoon, with Timo Bernhard reeling off a 1:42.159, just 0.022 off Jani’s time.

In the afternoon session, the three rookies in the Hybrid LMP1s, of which Gustavo Menezes in the #1 Porsche went quickest with a 1:43.262, didn’t head out, leaving the factory drivers to test 2017 components on the Porsche and Toyotas. The Audi R18 didn’t turn any laps in the afternoon after mechanical issues cut Paul Loop Chatin’s morning run short.

One of the key storylines for the afternoon session though was ex-F1 driver Robert Kubica setting his best time in the ByKolles CLM p1/01. The Pole managed a 1:47.222, which was the fastest in the car all day, thought he did admit that the car was diffucult for him to drive.

Yannick Dalmas also piloted a Toyota TS050 for 11 laps in the afternoon, after driving the Porsche during the morning session. 1:47.584 was his best time of the day, set in the 919.

LMP2 was topped by Alex Brundle who, along with Mike Guasch, was testing the #44 Manor Oreca as part of the prize for winning the ELMS LMP3 title. Brundle’s 1:51.184 was 0.021 faster than Mazda Road To Indy driver Felix Serralles in the G-Drive Oreca.

Jonny Adam ran quickest in GTE, in his first laps of the morning session in the Aston Martin Vantage GTE, five tenths quicker than 2015 British GT4 champion Ross Gunn who set his best lap during the afternoon. Jordan King, also driving a Vantage, ended the day third.

In GTE Am Ricard Lietz and Christian Ried tested 2017 ELMS-spec Dunlop rubber in the the KCMG and Abu Dhabi Porsches. The best time from the pair was a 2:02.335 from Lietz.